LG Chem is now solidly the battery supplier of choice for big American automakers. Last year, General Motors announced it would use LG Chem's lithium-ion cells in its homemade packs in the Chevrolet Volt. Today, Ford revealed that Compact Power, Inc. (CPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of LG Chem, will supply li-ion packs for the 2011 Ford Focus Electric for the U.S. market. Looks like the rumors were true.
LG Chem is a Korean company, and CPI is based in Troy, MI. LG Chem announced in March it would spend $303 million to build a li-ion cell plant in Holland, MI. The first Focus Electrics will use batteries shipped from Korea, but Ford will use packs made in Michigan once the Holland plant is up and running (which is expected to be 2012). Ford will build the Focus Electric at the Michigan Assembly Plant starting in 2011. Ford is still using Johnson Controls-Saft batteries in its Transit Connect BEV and 2012 plug-in hybrid programs. LG Chem also supplies batteries to Hyundai-Kia.